China Medics, Volunteers Help Children with Cleft Lip, Palate in Philippines

August 15, 2018
Editor: Yang Peng
China Medics, Volunteers Help Children with Cleft Lip, Palate in Philippines
Medics and volunteers take part in a charity project in the Philippines. [CWDF]

 

Chinese medics and volunteers took part in a charity project in the Philippines recently, offering free medical services for children suffering from cleft lip and palate in the southeastern Asian country.

The Filipino Chinese Friendly Medical Mission charity campaign was launched amid the 43th anniversary of the establishment of China-Philippines diplomatic relations.

On July 3, volunteers arrived at a hospital in the north part of Cebu City in the central part of the Philippines and conducted a discussion of patients' conditions and situation.

Fifteen medics and 38 kindhearted volunteers later arrived in the city and were set to provide 58 patients with free pre-operation physical exams, treatment and voluntary services.

The activity was supported by the Consulate General of China in Cebu.

At the invitation of the consulate general, Han Kai, the initiator of the China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF) Mothers Smile campaign and a national moral role-model, met with diplomats Wu Xiaomin and Jiang Wen and outlined the details of the activity for them.

On July 6, Wu and Jiang took a special trip to the hospital and highly praised the efforts made by medics and volunteers there.

The diplomats added that the activity has brought compassion to the Philippines and restored the confidence of many children suffering from cleft lip and palate.

During the day of pre-operation physical exams, a total of 58 patients went to the hospital, with 43 of them being hospitalized and receiving free treatment.

Enlightening the future of children suffering from cleft lip and palate and helping them regain confidence are the common inspirations of the medics and volunteers, it was reported.

After the activity, staff learned about the many stories behind those in the disadvantaged group.

Guaratia, a three-year-old boy from an impoverished Filipino household, was born with cleft lip and palate. Luckily, he got assistance from Chinese medics and volunteers who helped him start to recover from the condition.

It is estimated that there is one cleft lip and palate case in every 700 newborns.

The Filipino Chinese Friendly Medical Mission project was a move to mark the 30th anniversary of the foundation of CWDF and a response to the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a spokesperson.

The initiative was sponsored by the MSY Foundation in the Philippines, the Philippine Embassy in China, charity-minded donor Zhang Feiyun, several members of the Chinese chamber of commerce in the Philippines and Yeepay Foundation in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province.

 

China Medics, Volunteers Help Children with Cleft Lip, Palate in Philippines
Medics perform an operation on a child suffering from cleft lip and palate. [CWDF]
China Medics, Volunteers Help Children with Cleft Lip, Palate in Philippines
Volunteers chat with a girl and her mother. [CWDF]

 

(Source: cwdf.org.cn / Translated and edited by Women of China)

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